Everyone is talking about what normal will look like in a “post-COVID” world. Discussions abound about “going back” to work.
We think that way of thinking misses an enormous opportunity that we all have right now, and we believe that we must not simply recreate work — we must reimagine it. The global workforce has never experienced disruption at this scale before, and it’s a perfect moment to challenge everything about the system we’ve built.
To that end, we’ve compiled a quick list of simple questions to inspire a creative approach to how work could look as this next chapter…
This post is adapted from our Field Guide available at www.remotefieldguide.co.
The nature of work is changing. Remote work is becoming the norm for many of us. More and more teams are having to figure out how to work together remotely, and many are struggling to adapt.
Fortunately, the internet is flooded with articles and webinars sharing tips and tricks for making remote work better. But these one-size-fits-all checklists can be overwhelming and might miss the mark. Each team will have unique needs and unique approaches to how they want to handle resolving the pain points of their remote collaboration.
You’ve seen it before.
The way the energy in the room shifts when that one person walks in. That “grump.” That “Negative Nancy” or “Danny Downer” who not only says no to everything, gives reasons why ideas won’t work, and may even be snappy or downright mean, but whose general aura is of negativity, frustration, or even defeat.
You’ve also experienced how the energy shifts when that other person starts talking, taking over the room with their uplifting presence. That inspiring, energizing, empowering person who makes you feel like anything is possible and everything is worth trying. …
Last week was the 3rd annual Sprint Conference, hosted this year by Google in Boulder, Colorado. Top facilitators, designers, innovators, and change-makers of all kinds convened to share tools and methods for getting the most out of sprints and out of a team in creative collaboration more broadly.
Below I’ve informally recapped my biggest takeaways — the methods, quotes, and frameworks that stuck with me and that I plan to utilize moving forward. Some will be useful mostly if you’re a facilitator or coach, and some will be useful if you’re a leader within an organization. …
Six years ago, I discovered an unmet need.
I was working at the Stanford d.school and frequently had conversations with colleagues about how we might equip ourselves with tools to make our teaching more effective. I wanted to know how people were thinking about their teaching as well as what was in their instructor’s toolkit.
One thing I kept hearing was: “I love stokes, but I can never remember any when I need one.” Pretty much everyone experienced this pain point at one time or another.
‘Stokes’ are warm-up activities or games meant to prime people for creative collaboration and…
A client recently asked me, “So what’s next for design thinking?” I shared some thoughts on systems thinking and talked about using virtual reality as an empathy-building tool, and then the conversation continued on to other topics.
The question stuck with me over the ensuing days. More thoughts continued to flow, and I had some great conversations on the topic. I decided to email some friends of mine who are practitioners of design thinking so I could get their perspective as well. What follows is an assortment of our thoughts on what’s next for design thinking.
Take a moment to think of an exceptional leader you know. Perhaps you find this person particularly inspiring or empowering or exceptional at what they do. Perhaps you work for or with them (or have in the past, or hope to in the future). Perhaps it’s just someone you’d follow anywhere. Perhaps it’s you.
Next, think about someone in your life who you find really innovative. Maybe they’re really creative or experimental, or maybe they just always find a novel way of solving a problem. Maybe they’re someone who’s always “up to something interesting.” Maybe they regularly challenge the status…
I founded Lightshed with a simple yet ambitious mission: to elevate the world’s mastery of effective and sustainable creative collaboration.
I believe there’s a better way to work together than most of us are accustomed to, and that better outcomes are attainable with the right approaches. I envision a world where people are not just great at developing and implementing impactful solutions, but where they also enjoy doing it together.
Building a library is a great opportunity for a startup (or any business, for that matter) to invest in personal and professional development, provide problem-solving references for their team, and demonstrate the company’s cultural values. Whether you’re the CEO or the most recent hire, consider picking up these titles and adding them to a shared library at work.
OK, now that I’ve got you’re attention: that thing you’re about to do — the test you’re about to run, the initiative you’re about to roll out, the big meeting you’re about to hold — are you clear on the purpose and desired outcomes? Do you know how you got here and where you’re headed next?
Have you taken the time to ask yourself two simple yet crucial questions that vastly increase your odds of having a successful outcome? If not, now’s your chance. Grab a pen and maybe a teammate, and ask:
First, reflect on how you got to…